GMU opens modeling and gaming institute in Prince William

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George Mason University and Prince William County have opened a Simulation and Game Institute (SGI).

SGI is a hub for applied research, business education and economic development. The facility is located at Innovation Park at GMU’s Prince William Campus.

The facility will offer game design research and development, simulation and game training and certification, visualization and simulation software development and rapid prototyping.

The Mason Enterprise Center will house SGI as part of the university’s Computer Game Design Program at Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The facility will also provide offices, studios, research space and a product development lab for individuals, entrepreneurs and companies in the field of simulation, modeling and game design.

Five starting companies have already been accepted into the institute: Bruxe Studios, Little Arms Studios, Zaah on Campus LLC, ProfessionsQuest and MediaShock LLC.

SGI is one of only four international affiliates of the Serious Games Institute, which is based at Coventry University in England. The other affiliates are located in Singapore, South America and Mexico.

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